Here's a good article on Ukraine's economy from a historical perspective. If true, his claim that the economy is only 63% of the economy of 1990, the pre-independence economy, ought to sober people up a lot.
Better is a relative term. Things might be better now but compared to what?
I can say that things here have improved a lot since I came here in 2002. More buying power, more products to chose from are both a lot better. In fact, Ukraine is the third fastest growing retail market in the world. From where it started, however, just about any growth at any rate would make it that. And again better than what? Than they were? Than they might have been?
There have been lots of opportunity to make things different here. There are still lots of opportunities to do that. We can only hope that these opportunities won't be squandered.